345 cyclists from more than a dozen states took part in this year’s aids Ride for Life.
Cyclists, volunteers and community members raised more than $230,000 for the Southern Tier Aids Program.
The annual event has cyclists ride 45, 85, or 100 miles around Cayuga Lake to benefit the organization, which provides HIV-related health services to eight counties in New York, including Tompkins.
Director of Development for the Southern Tier Aids Program Mary Kaminsky says she’s seen the event grown for the past 15 years.
“We have people who drove in from Georgia, Massachusetts, Virginia,” Kaminsky said. “It’s our biggest fundraiser, and it’s because of this ride that we are able to do a lot of the work that we do.”
The event has raised nearly $3 million dollars since it first began.